The world is going through one of the most difficult times in the history with the outbreak of COVID-19. The pandemic has infected over 700K people and caused over 30K deaths. However, the bigger concern is that the virus is spreading exponentially and currently we don’t have any vaccination or the cure for the disease. Therefore, the only way to reduce the rapid growth of Coronavirus is through social distancing and practicing the highest levels of hygiene.
At Kosmosmith, we are committed to help you making your life comfortable and your homes beautiful. And currently we believe there is nothing more important than to protect you and your families. We have realized that through social media a large amount of information is flowing to millions of people. Additionally, with some genuine information, there are also a few myths about Coronavirus and its treatment that have also become viral. Therefore, through this blog post we intend to promote the most authentic information and eliminate the myths about Coronavirus. We only intend to promote the most authentic content on this subject. Therefore, in case of any ambiguity we would suggest you to refer to the official website of WHO only. Also, we would suggest you to refrain from believing or spreading any news from unknown sources.
It is a myth that Coronavirus cannot be transmitted in areas with hot and humid climates
Fact: Coronavirus can be transmitted in ALL AREAS including those with hot and humid climate. The best way to avoid getting infected from Coronavirus is to stay at home, frequently clean your hands with soap and avoid any kind of physical contact with others.
It is a myth that Coronavirus will get killed in cold weather
Cold weather and snow cannot kill the Coronavirus. Coronavirus remains on or inside the human body and the normal human body temperature remains around 37.6 – 37.5 degree celsius, irrespective of the temperature outside. Cold weather can neither eliminate nor prevent the spread of Coronavirus.
It is a myth that bathing with hot water will prevent you from catching COVID-19
Fact: Taking a hot water bath will not prevent you from catching COVID-19. Your body temperature remains between 36.5°C and 37.5°C regardless of the temperature of your bath or shower. Bathing with soap does benefit you in cleansing your body of all the harmful bacteria and viruses.
It is a myth that Coronavirus can be transmitted through mosquitoes
Fact: To date there has been no information nor evidence that Coronavirus can be transmitted by mosquitoes. Coronavirus is a respiratory virus that can be transmitted through droplets secreted when someone sneezes or coughs or through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose.
It is a myth that hand dryers can be used to kill Coronavirus
Fact: Hand dryers are not effective in killing coronavirus. To protect yourself from Coronavirus you should wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water or apply alcohol based (containing minimum 65% alcohol) hand sanitizer.
It is a myth that an ultraviolet disinfection lamp can kill Coronavirus
Fact: There is still no evidence that ultraviolet disinfection lamp can kill coronavirus. UV lamps should not be used to sanitize hands or any other parts of the body as UV rays can cause skin irritation. Washing your hands thoroughly with soap and water and frequently rubbing hand sanitizer are the safest ways to protect you from Coronavirus.
It is myth that spraying alcohol or chlorine all over your body can protect you from Coronavirus
Spraying alcohol or chlorine all over your body can at best do what a thorough soap bath would. Spraying such substances will not kill the viruses that have already entered your body. Rather, spraying alcohol or chlorine your body can be harmful to clothes or mucous membranes (i.e. eyes or mouth).
It is myth that the existing vaccination against pneumonia can protect you from Coronavirus
Fact: There is no evidence that any of the existing vaccines for Pneumonia can protect against Coronavirus. Researchers across the globe are working together with WHO to find the unique vaccine required to protect humans from Coronavirus
It is myth that regular rinsing your nose with saline helps to prevent infection with the new Coronavirus
Fact: There is limited evidence that regularly rinsing your nose with saline can protect you against common cold. COVID-19 is a severe respiratory disease and there is no evidence that regular rinsing of nose with saline can prevent respiratory infections.
It is myth that eating Garlic can help prevent you from COVID-19
Fact: Garlic is a healthy food that may have some antimicrobial properties. However, from the current outbreak there is yet no evidence that consumption of Garlic has prevented anyone from catching COVID-19
It is myth that COVID-19 can only affect either older people or those with weak immune system
Fact: People of all ages can be affected by COVID-19. It is true that older people and younger ones suffering from chronic diseases such as diabetes or coronary heart disease may get severely ill and are more susceptible to fatality. However, COVID-19 severely affects respiratory system amongst youngsters also. Therefore, it is advised that people of all ages should take appropriate measures that protect them from the virus.
It is myth that some antibiotics can prevent or treat COVID-19 patients
Fact: Antibiotics work only against bacteria and not against viruses. COVID-19 is caused by a virus and therefore, antibiotics will not be effective in treating it.
It is myth that there are already some medicines available to prevent or treat Coronavirus
To date there are no medicines recommended to prevent or treat COVID-19. Research is being conducted and certain investigations are under the trial. Till such time, the best prevention is through social distancing, frequent washing of hands and repeated use of hand sanitizer.
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It is myth that drinking alcohol can in some manner resist or eliminate Coronavirus from your body
Drinking alcohol does not protect you against COVID-19. Moreover, frequent or excessive consumption of alcohol can increase your risk of health problems.
The test that if you can hold your breath for 10 seconds would mean you are not infected with Coronavirus is a myth.
Being able to hold your breath for 10 seconds or more without coughing or feeling discomfort DOES NOT mean you are free from Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) or any other lung disease. The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are dry cough, tiredness and fever. Only a lab test in an authorized laboratory can tell whether you are infected or not.
It's a myth that patients of COVID-19 will have it for life
Catching the novel coronavirus does not mean you will have it for life. You can recover from COVID-19 and also eliminate the novel coronavirus. If you catch the disease, make sure you contact your doctor and undertake supportive care.
Exposing yourself to sun will prevent you from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
Exposing yourself to the sun cannot prevent you from catching COVID-19. The only way to protect yourself from COVID-19 is by frequently washing your hands with soap and water or rubbing with hand sanitizer and avoid touching your face, mouth or nose.